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4 Ways To Wear Your Most Basic White Shirt

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Welcome to 2017, friends!!!

How was your holiday? I’m partially sad to see this fun time of year wrap up, but really excited to move on to all of the fresh and exciting things a new year has to offer.

Also, let’s be honest — I’m pretty excited to get the kids back to school, too.

I thought that a good way to kick off the new year would be revisiting one of the most classic and versatile pieces in any wardrobe — the basic white shirt — and taking it for a creative styling spin. The holidays are all about excess in so many ways (food, booze, gifts, etc.), but I want to show you that with some creativity and fashion know-how, you can breathe new life into the clothes you already own.

1. Back-to-Basics

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C’mon — who DOESN’T love a white shirt with a pair of classic jeans?! There is nothing more quintessentially all-American. This is the look where accessories can dictate the direction of your outfit. Strappy heels and bold jewelry are perfect for your next date night, while streamlined flats can skew the look Sunday brunch-ready.

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2. Sporty Chic

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While white dress shirts are usually associated with a more formal, business dress code, there is nothing better than getting some of your workwear staples into the weekend rotation. Loose and untucked is the way to wear this casual style. Since the top is more unstructured, try to keep your bottom on the fitted side with either leather leggings, skinny jeans or even slim-cut joggers. A pair of classic CHUCK TAYLORS complete the look, but any crisp white sneaker will do!

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3. Cinched with a Party Skirt (or Dress!)

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As far as creative styling goes, nothing makes more of an impact than when you successfully pair two contrasting pieces together. Fancy with casual, structured with flowy, fitted with loose… you get the picture. Try a fitted white shirt tucked into a full, PARTY SKIRT. Keep the top few buttons unbuttoned, roll up the sleeves and create a look to remember. If you’re feeling extra bold, try layering your white shirt under a strapless party dress a-la-Olivia Palermo, above!

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4. Playing with Proportions

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Reimagining a white shirt is as simple as a few strategic layers. If the shirt is on the longer side, try a cropped sweatshirt or sweater to offset the length and let the longer hem peek out. Just check out the image above! A few weeks ago, I even layered a long turtleneck sweater over my extra long white shirt for a reimagined “dress” — check out the outfit HERE. Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to get creative with your layering!

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4 fresh way to wear a white shirt

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